January 28, 2019 by directorfsm
by John Owen – January 28th, 2019
Chapter 4 “USEFULNESS OF MORTIFICATION”
1. The Third Principle for Mortification: Life and Comfort Depend on It
The last principle I shall insist on (omitting, first, the necessity of mortification unto life and, secondly, the certainty of life upon mortification) is,
Principle III: That the life, vigor, and comfort of our spiritual life depend much on our mortification of sin.
Strength, comfort, power, and peace in our walking with God are the things of our desires. Were any of us asked seriously what it is that troubles us, we must refer it to one of these heads: either we lack strength and power, vigor and life, in our obedience, in our walking with God; or we lack peace, comfort, and consolation therein. Whatever it is that may befall a be-liever that does not belong to one of these two heads does not deserve to be mentioned in the days of our complaints. (33)
Now, all these do much depend on a constant course of mortification, concerning which observe the following.